by Samantha Javier @ 1:03 pm post a comment »
(above) I’m always on the lookout for great, natural alternatives to items to add to my daily skincare regimen. I recently happened upon The Herb Appeal on Etsy, and immediately got in touch with the store-owner, Jeannine, to set up a purchase.
All of her products are homemade, completely natural, and have no artificial colors or overpowering scents. Plus, every item only has a short list of ingredients so rest assured, your body will thank you.
I purchased the Eucalyptus Mint Softening Fizzy Drops Bath Bombs, Sugared Lavender Vanilla Lip Balm Scrub and Lovely Lavender Solid Lotion Bar. I received the items in a few days and the packaging was very cute and would make the items perfect as gifts or a treat for yourself.
The Eucalyptus Mint Bath Bombs, (above), have a wonderful scent, and after using them I felt that my sinuses were cleared and I was relaxed. Sweet aromatherapy! The item comes in a set of four and you can use one or up to all four, whatever your preference. Also, at a price of $4.50 for a four-pack you can reward your skin without hurting your wallet.
(above) The Lip Balm Scrub comes in five flavors and the organic sugar helps to exfoliate your lips to make them healthy and soft. I was happily surprised (more…)
Monday, February 24, 2014
by Samantha Javier @ 10:52 am 1 comment »
full disclosure: For the purpose of this Tried and True Green Product Review, I received one complimentary jar of SEVA Body Scrub.
During these cold winter months, many of us are trying to overcome a very common problem: dry skin. Well, body scrubs are one obvious solution — they gently remove dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling smooth and healthy. Balanced Guru now brings you their new SEVA Amazon Line, and I had the opportunity to try out the Rainforest Body Scrub.
Balanced Guru has partnered with Off the Mat Into the World through their SEVA Amazon challenge (offthematintotheworld.org) in order to take action and do their part in helping to save the Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, which is part of our Amazon Rainforest and one of the most diverse and plentiful ecosystems in the world.Not only will 100 percent of the profits from the purchase go to saving this rich ecosystem, but the ingredients used to make this product are all Certified Organic — helping to make your skin smooth and happy. The body scrub has a spicy aroma, the Peppermint, Licorice, and Coffee scents seem to come out the strongest. The coffee and Dead Sea salt have done a great job of exfoliating my dry skin while the oils and butters have helped moisturize it (especially my feet and elbow areas). (more…)
Thursday, February 6, 2014
by Maureen O'Connor @ 3:30 pm post a comment »
Full disclosure: Cocoze graciously comped us a couple of pairs of these lovely cocoflops to review.
I love all manner of shoes, boots, sandals and flip-flops. But I have super sensitive skin … typically, whenever I wear a new pair of sandals or flip-flops, my skin gets rubbed the wrong way and I wind up with blisters and sore feet. So when I heard about Cocoflops, an eco-friendly flip-flop with exfoliating abilities, I had to give them a try. (more…)
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
by Samantha Javier @ 9:05 am 2 comments »
Have you ever wondered what kinds of harmful chemicals are in your makeup? I certainly have – and I’m constantly on the look out for eco alternatives to the makeup found in our large one-stop everything stores. Etsy-based, HerbanLuxe offers great, handcrafted, vegan alternatives to some of the retail makeup lines whose ingredients may give you anxiety.
Mascara is a staple for any makeup wearer, and HerbanLuxe offers a selection of nine different kinds in varying colors. The mascara is handmade and contains no parabens, phthalates, animal by-products or petrochemicals. The reviews on the mascara speak for themselves, and I am definitely a fan as well.
Another great item is the organic, vegan lip potion gloss. This is (more…)
Monday, February 3, 2014
by Jennifer Hui @ 10:26 am 2 comments »
We’ve all heard about the skincare frenzy that has caught on like wildfire in 2013 and is now a staple in many of our morning/nightly routines – face oils. That’s right, slathering oil all over your face. While this does not sound appealing at all, the days of endless grease and stains have passed and led us to a new breed of (almost) mess-free face oils and serums. Below are just a few that are all natural and will keep your skin nicely moisturized, regardless of skin type.
Many believe Josie Maran’s Argan Oil is the holy grail of skincare (above), and for good reason. This oil claims that it “can be used for many areas including hydrating and nourishing skin, as a daily moisturizer, skin treatment, treating split ends and softening cuticles. It’s gentle enough to use on all skin types and is believed to help with skin conditions including acne. Argan Oil easily absorbs into skin to give you a youthful, dewy glow, and has astonishing healing, conditioning, and anti-aging properties to keep your skin and hair nourished and revitalized, and will keep you looking beautiful from head to toe.” This product is lightweight and a multi-tasker! Available at Sephora ($48/1.7 oz) (more…)
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
by guest @ 7:57 am post a comment »
The endless burning in your chest keeps you up at night. You’ve tried every remedy known to man, from over-the-counter medicines to supposedly miracle teas, and nothing helps. It’s time to face facts: your acid reflux may be caused by the things you eat regularly. Foods naturally high in fat or acid are common culprits of acid reflux, but you’d be surprised to learn how many foods actually fall into these categories. If you’re ready for some relief, you might consider cutting these nine stomach-churning foods from your diet.
You probably already knew that beef is one of the fattiest meats. Unfortunately, enjoying a nice steak can mean more than having to loosen your belt a couple notches. Foods high in fat take a lot longer to digest, which puts a lot of pressure on your stomach and lets acid sneak up where it doesn’t belong. You might want to start barbecuing some lower-fat meats, like chicken, turkey, or even fish, and see if your acid reflux doesn’t quiet down. Of course, if you just can’t let go of red meat, you can try leaner cuts, such as top sirloin.
Most people can’t start their day without at least a cup or two of some nice hot coffee, but taking in a lot of caffeine is a great way to give yourself some terrible acid reflux. Because it relaxes your esophagus, caffeine can send acid creeping up your throat and causing major pain. You don’t have to give up your Joe, though. If you drink a small amount of coffee in the morning and stay away for the rest of the day, you’ll probably end up feeling better. Of course, even decaf coffee can cause acid problems, depending on what you put in it.
Cream and milk are naturally high in fat and can give your stomach a hard time, so you might want to go easy on the flavored creamers when you’re making your morning coffee. However, dairy products are prevalent and can pop up in other foods you might not expect, turning your acid reflux up to uncomfortable levels. Butter and cheeses are especially good at creating acid reflux because they are so high in fat. The good news is that cutting back on these types of foods will do more than just heal your upset stomach–you might even shed a couple of pounds embracing a healthier diet. (more…)